It's a good thing Robbie Hummel has experience going under the knife, because he will need to lean heavily on his past after taking his game overseas to Spain this season.
On Wednesday, Obradoiro -- who the former Purdue standout signed with in early August -- announced Hummel injured the meniscus in his right knee and is expected to be sidelined from 4-8 weeks.
The 6'8 forward was selected 58th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and spent summer league with the team before agreeing to terms in Spain's renowned ACB League.
But even after averaging 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 42% from the field in roughly 15 minutes per game in Las Vegas, it seems the concerns weren't so much about is production (or lack there of) as they were about the durability of undergoing two ACL surgeries on the same knee in a matter of 10 months.
While at Purdue, Hummel tore the ACL in his right knee against the University of Minnesota in mid-February, 2010 and returned to practice after undergoing surgery and extensive rehab sessions. Then, in October, 2010 Hummel went down a second time with a torn ACL in his right knee.
After surgery and another round of rehab, Hummel sat out the 2010-11 season.
Now all eyes are on Hummel's right knee again with this recent meniscus injury.
Is losing another full season at risk?
According to a number of reports both in the States and Spain, Hummel flew to New York City on Wednesday to meet with Dr. David Altcheck, who performed Hummel's second ACL surgery. Hummel is expected to have surgery in the coming week before then returning to Spain, where it's unknown at this point if he will be able to play during the 2012-13 season.
The meniscus injury may not be as serious as damaging his ACL again (or for a third time in this case), but because of Hummel's unhealthy history, taking his time to return to the floor should be top priority.